About the Journal

ACG Case Reports Journal (ACGCR) is a peer-reviewed, open-access publication that provides GI fellows, private practice clinicians, and other members of the health care team an opportunity to share interesting case reports with their peers and with leaders in the field. The Journal is edited by a team of GI fellows led by Editor-in-Chief Ryan Law, DO. Issues are published online each quarter for free to all readers, including ACG non-members, and feature images, video clips, and multimedia content in addition to case descriptions.

The ACG Case Reports Journal was created to help fulfill ACG’s commitment to providing growth and learning opportunities for GI fellows, and helps fellows meet core curriculum requirements for non-patient care activities. To this end, all case submissions must have a GI fellow or a resident interested in pursuing GI fellowship as the lead author. Cases authored by private practice clinicians and other members of the health care team who might traditionally face difficulty publishing with leading journals are also welcome.

Aims and Scope

ACG Case Reports Journal, published by the American College of Gastroenterology and edited exclusively by GI fellows, provides a peer-reviewed publishing outlet for GI fellows, private practice clinicians, and other members of the health care team to share interesting case reports. As a quarterly, open-access publication, all content is freely available online to all readers. ACG Case Reports Journal publishes case reports, images, and letters to the editor in all topics of gastroenterology and hepatology, including:

  • Biliary
  • Colon
  • Endoscopy
  • Esophagus
  • Functional Bowel Disorders
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Liver
  • Nutrition and Obesity
  • Pancreas
  • Pathology
  • Pediatric
  • Small Bowel
  • Stomach

Editorial Board


Ryan Law, DO
Advanced Fellow, Interventional Endoscopy, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL

Dr. Law received his BSc degree in physiology from Michigan State University. He subsequently completed medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and internal medicine residency at The Cleveland Clinic. During his residency training, he was selected to participate in the Clinical Scholars Program, an advanced research track offering more time for research and scholarly experiences to those destined for a career in academic medicine. Following residency, Dr. Law completed his gastroenterology fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. While at Mayo he was awarded the 2013 Angela and Anne V. Marinelli Endowed Fellowship Award for compassionate care and professionalism and the 2014 Eugenie Mayer Bolz Award for excellence in patient care. He was the recipient of the 2013 American College of Gastroenterology North American International Training Grant, which afforded him the opportunity to travel to Tokyo, Japan and work with Haruhiro Inoue learning advanced endoscopic techniques. Dr. Law’s clinical interests include therapeutic endoscopy and endoscopic innovation. He currently serves on the Annual Scientific Program Committee for the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, and remains active in all major GI societies and as a reviewer for many peer-reviewed journals.

Executive Editor

Manish Singla, MD
Fellow, Department of Gastroenterology, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD

Dr. Singla earned his medical degree at George Washington University School of Medicine. He completed his internship in Internal Medicine at Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, and followed that with a three-year period as a Naval Flight Surgeon stationed in Iwakuni, Japan. He returned to complete his residency in Internal Medicine at Naval Medical Center, San Diego. He is an Instructor of Medicine at the Uniformed Services School of Health Sciences. His research interests lie in therapeutic endoscopy and bariatric medicine.


Associate Editors

Nazia Hasan, MD, MPH
Advanced Fellow, Interventional Endoscopy, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA

Dr. Hasan earned a dual MD/MPH degree at George Washington University School of Medicine with a focus on international health policy. She completed her internal medicine residency at New York University School of Medicine, where she also served as Chief Resident. As a fellow she has published on infectious causes of colorectal cancer, novel endoscopic devices to increase adenoma detection rates, and presented nationally on endoscopic interventions for peptic ulcer bleeding. Dr. Hasan is currently an advanced fellow at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Her clinical interest is in the use of advanced endoscopy in GI oncology.

Anand R. Kumar, MD, MPH
Advanced Endoscopy Fellow, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Kumar received his medical degree from Osmania Medical College/NTR University of Health Sciences in India. Following this, he completed a master’s degree in epidemiology and biostatistics from Florida International University in Miami. He did his residency and fellowship in gastroenterology from Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. He has written over 10 peer-reviewed articles and presented over 25 abstracts at local, national, and international scientific meetings. He has also served as a reviewer for various mainstream gastroenterology and internal medicine publications. His academic interests include esophageal disorders, colorectal neoplasia, and advanced endoscopy.

Brent W. Lacey, MD
Fellow, Department of Gastroenterology, Naval Medical Center San Diego, San Diego, CA

Dr. Lacey received a BS in Biomedical Sciences from Texas A&M University before going on to complete medical school at University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Naval Medical Center San Diego, and he is currently completing his fellowship training in Gastroenterology and Hepatology there. Dr. Lacey’s primary interests are in clinical gastroenterology and teaching. He routinely mentors residents, medical students, and physician assistant students. He has presented more than a dozen times at regional, national, and international conferences, including Digestive Disease Week. He has published a dozen manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals on a broad range of gastroenterology and general internal medicine topics. He has been actively involved in national societies since medical school, serving on the ACG Publications Committee and as a perennial faculty presenter for the American College of Physicians. He is active in his community and has been serving as Chairman of the Leadership Team for Highpoint Church San Diego since 2011. He has been awarded four Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medals and one Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal for his military service and leadership.

Richa Shukla, MD
Fellow, Baylor College of Medicine Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Houston, TX

Dr. Shukla earned her medical degree with honors from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX. There, she was selected as a member of Alpha Omega Alpha and also received the Marcel Patterson Prize for research in Gastroenterology. She completed her Internal Medicine internship and residency at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. While a resident at Mount Sinai, she wrote for the Medical Unit at ABC News in New York City. She was also selected for the Student Teaching Award for outstanding medical student education during her graduating year. She is currently a second year Gastroenterology fellow at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. Her research interests and publications have focused on the use of advanced endoscopic technologies in the diagnosis of gastrointestinal neoplasia and dysplasia. Currently she is pursuing research focused on epidemiology and outcomes of cirrhosis within the VA population.

Ryan Ungaro, MD
Fellow, The Henry D. Janowitz Division of Gastroenterology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY

Dr. Ungaro received his undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University and his medical degree from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai where he graduated with Distinction in Research and Alpha Omega Alpha. He completed his internal medicine residency at the Mount Sinai Medical Center where he received the Silver Apple Teaching Award and was selected to serve as Chief Resident. Dr. Ungaro also spent a year conducting translational research in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Training Fellow. He has published and presented work on the role of toll-like receptors in intestinal inflammation, the prevalence of migraine in celiac disease and IBD, and the association of antibiotics with new-onset IBD. Dr. Ungaro’s current research interests include clinical outcomes and the role of environmental factors in IBD.

Andres J. Yarur, MD
Advanced Inflammatory Bowel Disease Fellow, Division of Gastroenterology, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, IL

Dr. Yarur received his medical degree from the Universidad Mayor School of Medicine. He then completed an internal medicine residency and gastroenterology fellowship at Jackson Memorial Hospital-University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He is member of the Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society and has received multiple awards for his work, including the American College of Gastroenterology Inflammatory Bowel Diseases Abstract Award three times and the GRG/AGA fellow’s award. His research interests focus on ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, including clinical pharmacology, therapeutics, radiological assessment, and epidemiology. He has extensive experience in IBD outcomes research and mentors several medical students and residents. Dr. Yarur has published multiple peer-reviewed articles, reviews, and book chapters, and has presented more than 50 abstracts at national and international conferences. He also serves as a reviewer in several national and international peer-reviewed journals.

Editorial Staff

Lindsey Topp
Editorial Advisor

Jenny Dunnington
Editorial Assistant

Publisher Information

Founded in 1932, the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) is an organization with an international membership of more than 12,000 individuals from 86 countries. The College is committed to serving the clinically oriented digestive disease specialist through its emphasis on scholarly practice, teaching and research. The mission of the College is to serve the evolving needs of physicians in the delivery of high quality, scientifically sound, humanistic, ethical, and cost-effective health care to gastroenterology patients.

Publication Ethics

Authors must disclose all conflicts of interest, financial and otherwise, upon manuscript submission. Invited peer reviewers should also declare any potential conflicts of interest and decline the review, if deemed necessary by the Editors.

2014 Editor Conflict of Interest Disclosures

The ACG Case Reports Journal follows ethical guidelines for journal publishing outlined by the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, and by the COPE Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors. Suspected cases of research misconduct, including plagiarism and other violations, will be handled following COPE guidelines.

When reporting on human or animal subjects, authors must state whether the work was approved by a local IRB or ethics committee, or in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2008. Efforts should always be made to guarantee protection of patient privacy in submitted cases.

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